Instructors

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Meg Brunston

Meg Brunston (they/them) is a fiber artist and tufting instructor in Minneapolis, MN. Their work is translated through multiple mediums, including tufting, weaving, apparel construction, and crochet. These mediums allow Meg the opportunity to cultivate a brighter, more powerful relationship to themselves, revealing a mixture of emotion through color, movement, space, and shape. Meg recognizes…

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Michelle Bruhn

Michelle lives in White Bear Lake, growing a family and lots of food in her backyard gardens. A lifelong gardener she started sharing her journey on her blog, Forks in the Dirt. With a passion for eating local she not only grows much of family’s food, she also knows lots of local farmers, which lead…

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Michelle Greenhouse

Michelle Greenhouse leads textile workshops throughout the Twin Cities, including at Textile Center. She studied at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science and graduated with a master’s degree in weaving. She worked in the corporate design industry for 20 years at Calvin Klein, Jack Lenor Larsen, and Target. Michelle also has a master’s degree in…

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Michelle Mero Riedel

Master Gardener Michelle Mero Riedel is a professional photographer (Riedel Photography) and gardener as well as a regular contributor to ‘Northern Gardener’ magazine, where she writes articles and provides plant photography.  Michelle creates many container gardens around the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro area.

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Mike Willenbring

Mike Willenbring grew up in Marine on St. Croix and is a graduate of Stillwater High School. After a career working in several Twin Cities restaurants, he opened his own restaurant, Manger Restaurant and Wine Bar in Bayport, MN, in 2018. He currently lives in Stillwater with his wife Nicole, and 3 kids, Maddy, Milo…

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Molly Sanford

Molly Sanford advocates for reuse and repair by spreading hands-on skills like sewing, welding, woodworking, and general troubleshooting. Molly believes that extending the lifespan of our belongings can be a joyful way to combat consumerism and climate change. She has taught a variety of hands-on classes at Fireweed Community Workshop (formerly Women’s Woodshop), Leonardo’s Basement, and the University…

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Natalie Norman

Natalie has been a part of the cultural needlework community for over 20 years.  She has participated as vendor, demonstrator and teacher at venues such as ASI, Gammelgarden and Marine Mills Folk School. Sponsored by the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC, her embroidered pieces were included in a traveling exhibit which included 5 major American…

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Nino Nardecchia

My name is Anthony “Nino” Nardecchia. A 1967 graduate of White Bear Lake High School, I attended the United States Air Force Academy graduating in 1971. For the next 20 years, I served in the Air Force in many capacities including being an F-15 jet fighter pilot. After retiring from the Air Force in 1991…

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Patti Isaacs Rescigno

At age four Patti would stand on a stool in the kitchen “helping” her mother to bake cookies and prepare mid century standards like Rice A Roni and tuna noodle hot dish. But even in the Midwest of the 1960s, she knew there were other ways to eat. Through her father, raised in an Orthodox…

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Peta Barrett

In the early ’90s a friend took me on my first true Boundary Waters canoe camping trip – a group of women. The camaraderie, the laughter, the solitude for reflection, the joyful teamwork as we gently paddled and portaged the wilderness…I WAS HOOKED! I’ve now racked up some 25+ years of wilderness trail experience, leading…

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